Don’t use press freedom to stir up racial, religious issues

Don’t use press freedom to stir up racial, religious issues

GEORGETOWN: Press freedom should not be abused by anyone to sensationalise racial and religious issues, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.

He urged all parties, the opposition in particular, to use the press freedom to develop a healthy competition which would allow the government to draw up better policies for the people.

““Freedom must be freedom with responsibility. Fight me on policy… not on race or religion,” he told reporters after attending the Pakatan Harapan Street Iftar at Jalan Buckingham here last night.

Mujahid, who is also the vice-president of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), said press freedom was one of the policies fought for by the Pakatan Harapan government.

“We have never curtailed the media because press freedom is our commitment,” he said.

About 2,000 people attended the Street Iftar which was being held for the first time by Pakatan Harapan Penang.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the programme was special as it had the participation of people of all races and religions who could experience the breaking-of-fast event with the Muslim community.

“The objective of the programme is to gather the people of the state regardless of race and religion,” he said.

“In line with the spirit of Malaysia Baru, the Penang state government hopes to continue development in a harmonious environment based on the principles of equality, democracy and tolerance,” Chow said.  

He added that the programme was not limited to the local public but also open to local and foreign tourists, the homeless, people’s representatives, state government staff and leaders of Muslim and non-Muslim houses of worship.


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